Obama has been relentlessly placing the blame for the failures of his own policies on others since his inauguration: The Koch brothers, the evil Republicans in Congress (never mind his party had huge majorities in both Houses throughout his first two years), the Tsunami, unfair press coverage (laughable, I know), and, of course George W. Bush. His blame-Bush strategy seemed to have the most longevity when it came to the anemic Obama economy. For whatever reason, significant numbers of those polled still held Bush responsible for the poor economy. This was likely due to several reasons: the tendency of The One’s supporters to be low-information voters; the fact that, ironically, many people had too much to worry about with their daily struggles with the economy to focus on politics; the fact that the next presidential election was too far into the future; etc., etc.
In any event, the blame-Bush scapegoating which has been the hallmark of Obama’s explanation for the nation’s disastrous economic performance may be unraveling. A new poll indicates that Obama and his destructive policies are now considered the number one cause of the poor economy. Via The Hill:
Two-thirds of likely voters say the weak economy is Washington’s fault, and more blame President Obama than anybody else, according to a new poll for The Hill.
It found that 66 percent believe paltry job growth and slow economic recovery is the result of bad policy. Thirty-four percent say Obama is the most to blame, followed by 23 percent who say Congress is the culprit. Twenty percent point the finger at Wall Street, and 18 percent cite former President George W. Bush.
The results highlight the reelection challenge Obama faces amid dissatisfaction with his first-term performance on the economy.
The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, found 53 percent of voters say Obama has taken the wrong actions and has slowed the economy down. Forty-two percent said he has taken the right actions to revive the economy, while six percent said they were not sure.
There’s still a long way to go, obviously, and don’t underestimate the ability of Mitt Romney to boot this issue. But still, that voters are finally waking up to Obama’s culpability on the economy is encouraging.